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The Evictors (1979)

 -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  18 April 1979 (USA)
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A young couple just being married rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome because the inhabitants of the village look at them with distrust - in the house they ... See full summary »

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Jake Rudd
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Olie Gibson
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Mr. Bumford
Bill Thurman ...
Preacher Higgins
Jimmy Clem ...
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Harry Thomasson ...
Twyla Taylor ...
Mrs. Bumford
Mary Branch ...
Mrs. Mullins
John H. Meyer ...
Mr. Mullins (as John Meyer)
John Milam ...
Mr. Rhinehart
Roxanne Harter ...
Mrs. Rhinehart
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Owen Guthrie ...
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A young couple just being married rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome because the inhabitants of the village look at them with distrust - in the house they rented were happening strange things in the past... Written by Volker Boehm

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It was a small Louisiana town where people live and love and die and no one ever thought of locking their doors... except in the Monroe house.


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Minor but enjoyable little thriller.
11 June 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Keep your expectations low and you might have some fun with this movie from director Charles B. Pierce, which, like his earlier "The Town That Dreaded Sundown", is a period thriller based on a true story. It doesn't add up to much when it's all over, but it's well made and has some good moments. It's really the cast that helps to maintain viewer interest as it plays out with a rather deliberate pace.

Michael Parks and the lovely Jessica Harper play Ben and Ruth Watkins, a couple who move into a house in a small Louisiana town in 1942. It seems, however, that realtor Jake Rudd (Vic Morrow) hasn't been forthcoming with them about some details. The house has a violent history: all people who previously tried to move into the house came to bad ends. And before long Ruth begins to be menaced by a glowering redneck who shows up, usually at night, with a big sharp knife.

Pierce gives this movie some semblance of style, especially the flashbacks - set in 1928, 1934, and 1939 - which are shot in a sepia tone. The scare scenes that occur really aren't that scary, but Harper is just so watchable that she makes up for any lack of suspense. She and Parks make for a very likable couple, and they're well supported by Morrow and the great Sue Ane Langdon as cheery neighbour Olie Gibson. Familiar character actors Dennis Fimple and Bill Thurman can be seen in small roles.

As in "The Town That Dreaded Sundown", the period recreation is nicely done, and the score by Jaime Mendoza-Nava adds a lot to the atmosphere.

Ultimately, there's really nothing here that's surprising, but "The Evictors" is still passably engrossing, and it does offer up a fairly interesting ending.

One of the final few films for the legendary American International Pictures.

Seven out of 10.


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